Gov’t policies hurting local small businesses, manufacturers

Northern Cables officials Shelley Bacon, front left, and Todd Stafford, back left, met Thursday with Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and Ontario PC Labour Critic MPP John Yakabuski. The pair highlighted the impact of recent labour policy changes and the province’s high electricity rates on their operations.
Westport grocer Neil Kudrinko, left, details the cost of recent labour policy changes by the Wynne government on his business during a tour Thursday with Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, Ontario PC Labour Critic MPP John Yakabuski and Westport Mayor Robin Jones.

(BROCKVILLE) – The Wynne government’s policies continue to make it harder for local small businesses and manufacturers to have the success they need to create new jobs.
  That’s the message Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and Ontario PC Labour Critic MPP John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) heard last week at the Northern Cables plant in Brockville and a meeting in Westport with Mayor Robin Jones, local grocer Neil Kudrinko and Seamus Cowan of The Cove.
  “We heard loud and clear from small businesses and industries here in Leeds-Grenville that they are suffering as a result of soaring hydro rates, growing red tape and rushed changes to labour policies,” said Clark.
  “These are the people who create jobs and bring investment to our communities. It’s time they had a government that listened to their concerns, rather than telling them to go out of business if they don’t like what’s happening.”
  “What job creators told us today echoed their warnings during Bill 148 committee hearings across Ontario,” said Yakabuski. “But unfortunately this government wasn’t listening then and they aren’t interested in what the people whose businesses are the backbone of our economy are saying today.”
  Clark’s tour of Leeds-Grenville with MPP Yakabuski came one day after the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released its annual Ontario Economic report, which revealed only 23 per cent of businesses are confident in Ontario’s economy. The confidence index is less than half of what it was in 2012.
  “The Chamber’s report shows the terrible price Ontarians are paying due to the mismanagement, waste and scandal we’ve seen under the Liberals,” said Clark, who noted the No. 1 factor – cited by a full 75 per cent of respondents – in why businesses lack confidence in Ontario is the economic policies of the Wynne government.

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